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The Real Vote Fraud

Mudslinger Wrote: May 11, 2014 7:57 AM
Having spent the last several days providing documents to verify every large deposit in my bank account in order to refinance my mortgage, I find this issue to be laughable. I'm trying to borrow an amount that's half the appraised value of my house and I have an excellent credit rating. But I made the error of creating my own job and, man oh man, am I paying for it now. Thanks to Dodd-Frank, I feel like I'm going through the Spanish Inquisition. So, no, I'm not too concerned about requiring an ID for the sacred right to vote.
I voted for Brannon this morning and I'm a little disappointed. But I am now definitely all in for Tillis against Hagan.
Emma Lazarus wrote those lines in 1883, when the population of the United States was well below 100 million and we still had a frontier. The frontier was not declared closed until 1890. Until that time in history, the US had a surplus of undeveloped land and a shortage of labor. Those conditions no longer obtain. Furthermore, the US has never welcomed masses of immigrants that threatened to change the social fabric of America. The No-nothing Party of the 1850s, which put forth as a candidate a former President (Fillmore), was formed in reaction to the huge influx of Irish immigrants. Americans were concerned that those immigrants would not integrate into our society because of their Catholic faith. A couple decades later, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act out of fear that the west would be overwhelmed by Chinese immigrants. Your heartfelt sentiments and your sanctimony are not based on reality.
The continuing saga of the reptile and the ho...
"Most Republicans aren't familiar with Nobel prize winning authors." What a cheap shot! And it reeks of elitist conceit. Exactly how did you arrive at this conclusion? Have you or anyone else conducted a survey of "most Republicans"? And isn't it a tad presumptuous to speak for "most of us"?
When Spike Lee, a fixture at LA Lakers games, PUBLICLY stated that he didn't like it when he saw a black woman with a white man, it scarcely elicited a yawn.
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Statistical Frauds

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 15, 2014 10:30 AM
It is one thing when some bloviating "progressive" on a college campus cites these fraudulent statistics. When the President of the United States and top congressional Democrats cite them it is an outrage. It is shameless demagoguery and shows a complete lack of leadership. The press should be all over it.
"Rather than evaluating individuals as unique collections of talent and ability, they focus on irrelevant factors." True--except when they hire someone to work on their own house or car.
As a self-employed builder/remodeler, I find this issue to be ludicrous. The public, including almost all women, are not at all concerned when they have their houses built or repaired that about 99% of the people doing the work are males. They just want the work to be done correctly and at a competitive price. And, please, don't try to say that women are "excluded" from these jobs. Building is an extremely decentralized industry, with some 3 million businesses. Of these, over half have no employees. This means that anyone who wants to build for a living can start their own business. That's what I did and that's what almost all of the self-employed builders I know did. Most women are not physically capable of doing what I do for a living and I'm 64 years old. And, truth be told, most women have no desire to do what I do for a living.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 11:17 PM
Google Hispanic construction workers. At the peak of the building boom in 2007, there were at least three million Hispanics, mostly illegals, in the construction industry. The Pew Institute published a study that argued that they were a vital element of the industry. These numbers dwarf the numbers employed in agriculture. The reason I brought this up is because people on both sides of the issue constantly refer to the poor campesinos following the crops. Liberals argue that they're poor, exploited workers that are essential to American agriculture. Conservatives, like Ann, argue that they are an ignorant proletariat that add little to our economy and will have an enormous adverse effect on out society. The truth is that illegals are not stuck in the fields. In the past that was their entrance into America but they soon learned that construction paid a lot more. After a season or two following the tomato or strawberry crops, they got jobs as laborers in construction. Then they started learning trades and through networking, new immigrants skip the agricultural route altogether. Companies that use illegal workers are now driving small family-owned construction and remodeling companies out of business. They've also caused lower wages and the fewer hours available for Americans. There are too many construction workers chasing too few dollars. The native construction workers suffer and the consumers benefit--for now.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

Mudslinger Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 10:56 PM
First of all, buddy, what's with the in-your-face attitude? I am a American business owner and I agree with you concerning excessive, annoying, ridiculous regulations. On a daily basis, I ignore or violate some regulation because they waste time and drive up costs. I don't agree with you concerning the benefits that middle class Americans reap from having swarms of young, energetic men willing to cut their lawns, trim their hedges, paint and roof their houses and so forth. There's no doubt in my mind that in the long run Americans will pay a price for this cheap labor but, for now, many Americans like the service and the price.
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